Fort Stanwix Receives Two Awards
Contact: Debbie Conway, 315-336-3113
Rome, NY: Fort Stanwix National Monument received two awards last week for hiring and working with people that have disabilities. On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, Fort Stanwix received the first ever Statewide Employment First Award from the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) Works for Me program. Over 80 nominations were submitted statewide and through a rigorous selection process Fort Stanwix was chosen to receive first prize. Through the park’s work with Tina Cutler, Visitor Use Assistant, she has moved from receiving mostly state support to mostly self sufficiency. Ms. Cutler passed her driver’s license, bought a car, moved into her own apartment, travels extensively on her own, and has become a productive member of society. Ms. Cutler and her supervisor Mike Kusch, Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management, accepted the award on behalf of Fort Stanwix from Diana Jones Ritter, Commissioner of OMRDD, during a ceremony in New York City. OMRDD employee Gail Reese nominated Fort Stanwix for the award and joined Ms. Cutler and Chief Ranger Kusch when they received the award.
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